DCPD Chief Don Cheek to retire

Dougherty Police Chief Don Cheek, seen speaking to the Dougherty County Kiwanis Club in July 2012, announced Friday that he will retired Nov. 9, 2012. (Sept. 21, 2012)

Dougherty Police Chief Don Cheek, seen speaking to the Dougherty County Kiwanis Club in July 2012, announced Friday that he will retired Nov. 9, 2012. (Sept. 21, 2012)

— After career of more than 40 years of public service, Dougherty County Police Department Chief Don Cheek reluctantly announced his retirement Friday.

Chief for more than nine years with 41 years in law enforcement — including the Albany Police Department, the Dougherty County District Attorney’s Office and other agencies — Cheek has set Nov. 9 as his last day at work. He said he has been diagnosed with leukemia and is retiring because of health reasons.

“Ever since the Army, it is all I have ever done — public service,” Cheek said. “I am privileged that my wife has been very supportive for all these years.”

Cheek continues to ride his motorcycle with his wife of 44 years, Donna, next to him on hers. He said he will remain active in the community, volunteering with the Patriot Guard Riders and the American Legion.

Speaking of his legacy, it is a characteristic of Cheek that he praises those with whom he worked, not himself.

“The best thing is seeing the quality of officers and the level of service that the department offers the public,” Cheek said. “The men and women of the department are dedicated to their service.”

Slowing down means a lifestyle change for Cheek, whose voice could be heard many times throughout his tenure on a police scanner directing his officers.

“We’ll be spending more time with our kids and grandkids. We hope to travel on the road a bit,” Cheek said. “But this is our home. We won’t be leaving.”


FryarTuk 3 years, 2 months ago

In the 1960's there was an FBI agent in ABY named Marion Cheek. I wojder if Don is any kin to him. Anyway, APD seems to have done a creditabl job in the county. Good luck and happy trails.

The police forces in our community need to be combined. We have DCPD, APD, DCSSPD, DCSD plus a host of others. We still do not make a dent in crime. Leaders should unify enforcement divisions and make the Sheriff's office administrative taking care of court house, jail and civil. It saves a great deal of money and structurally unifies enforcement placing more police on the street.


whattheheck 3 years, 2 months ago

The Fryar is right. This is the time to take a hard look at consolidation.


bubbavet 3 years, 2 months ago

SOS. This comes up every time a department head retires. It ain't gonna float. It makes too much sense to combine them.


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YDoICare 3 years, 2 months ago

After the most important point of wishing Don well in his battle with leukemia, one thing I always liked with Don was our ability to disagree. He would state the reasons for his opinion while I listened, and then I would state mine while he listened. I don’t think either of us ever did a 180 on our position, but we ultimately found common grounds to build upon regardless of situation and focused on that instead of remaining fixated on the differences. My image remains of 2 stubborn mules, but where both mules pull the wagon, save the kicks until the completion of the days’ work, and then pull another wagon together or plow side by side the next day. Beat that leukemia Don!


pettibone 3 years, 2 months ago

There are many short comings in Dougherty County but the Dougherty County Police is not one of them. The leadership of Chief don Cheek has always been above reproach. The Church I serve is in the County and no matter when or what I called Chief Cheek on he or his officers acted promptly, professional and with great courtesy. Thanks Chief for your service. With prayer and great resolve I know you will beat this too. Remember you are blessed of the Lord.


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